In the center of most towns there is a gathering place for people to meet, socialize and play.
In Santiago de Cuba it’s a small piazza across the street from a local cafeteria and protected from the sun by a shady poinciana tree. The plaza is set with an assortment of table and chairs and the men (I’ve only ever seen men) play chess, checkers and dominoes.
Mostly these are games of concentration with the players focused on their hand and intent on their opponent’s next move. Depending on the game and maybe the skill of the players, spectators stand behind them, faces inscrutable as they quietly champion their favorite.
Game over comes with a palpable break in tension. A round of banter and conviviality accompanies the scrape and clatter of pieces being reset on the table.
Sometimes, there is drama.
But then it’s over and the games move on.
Today’s photos brought to you by Friendly Friday’s Photo Challenge: Dramatic.
Photos taken in Santiago de Cuba, 2018